2021 Ports and Airports Modernization Summit

The power of location intelligence to deliver efficiency, safety, and competitive advantage

November 10, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (ET) | Virtual

Exclusive Executive Event

Join Crain's New York Business and Esri at an exclusive virtual event to hear how other leading ports and airports have leveraged location technology and automation to enhance their operations. Our presenters and panelists will share how they are:

  • Responding to global competition and evolving customer trends through modernization
  • Managing and monitoring assets, including investment prioritization
  • Creating a digital twin to keep goods and people flowing efficiently
  • Realizing digital transformation to streamline workflows and prepare for autonomous vehicles
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Event Moderator

Kristen Kurland, Carnegie Mellon University

Kristen Kurland is a thought leader, speaker, and researcher focusing on interdisciplinary collaborations in the built environment, geospatial analysis, and 3D data visualization. She is a teaching professor of architecture, information systems, and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University and works on projects addressing economic development, sustainability, big data, smart cities issues, and urban design.

Opening Keynote

Robert Galvin, PANYNJ

We will kick off the event sharing the vision for modernization of airports and ports in New York. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) builds, operates, and maintains the airports, rail, bridges and tunnels between the two states, as well as seaport facilities. In this opening presentation, you’ll hear key remarks from PANYNJ Chief Technology Officer Robert Galvin, who has championed modernization at PANYNJ including mobile technology, cybersecurity, and cloud collaboration initiatives.

Event, Part I

Modernizing airports through location intelligence

From Amsterdam to Dublin to San Francisco, some of the world’s busiest airports are quickly becoming the most innovative. They are introducing dynamic technologies to support increasingly complex operations. 

Join Part I of this event to hear keynote presentations from global airports pioneering the use of location technology to improve situational awareness and safety, drive economic growth, and streamline asset management. Keynotes will be followed by an expert panel discussion with live Q&A.  


Leaders at the world’s most innovative airports share how their organizations are achieving digital transformation.

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Q&A Session

Engage with industry experts from across Esri’s airports, AEC, and technology teams to discuss use cases from leading global airports—plus, see a demo led by an industry solution engineer.

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Event, Part II

Transforming seaports for the 21st Century

Modern seaports face unique challenges that forward-thinking organizations are solving with innovative location-based solutions. In Singapore, for example, a digital atlas helps protect the country’s valuable coastline from rising sea levels. Across the globe in Antwerp, a real-time 3D map, or digital twin, provides port operators with situational awareness for problem-solving in the moment.  


Join Part II of this event to hear keynote presentations from other ports leveraging similar solutions in support of sustainability and agility, as well as experts in the technologies being implemented. Keynotes will be followed by an expert panel discussion with live Q&A. 


Hear first-hand how industry leaders, expert consultants, and technology pioneers are using digital solutions to modernize ports operations.

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Q&A Session

Dive deeper into leading technology use cases for ports with top industry experts from across Esri’s maritime, ocean science, and government teams.

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Event, Part III

Technology at the core of digital transformation and modernization

We will put the day's themes and topics in context with a high-level look at how geospatial technology is at the core of modernization of airports and ports for the 21st century. Hear key takeaways from Esri’s Director of Transportation, Gary Waters, during this special concluding presentation.

Closing Keynote

Gary Waters, Esri Director of Transportation

Waters is the director of the transportation engagement team at Esri, a role in which he guides Esri’s business strategy in five transportation market segments: highways, airports, transit, ports, and rail. He brings over 35 years of experience in geographic information systems (GIS) and information technology (IT) in both public and private sector organizations.

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